PolyOne has made several customer-focused upgrades and
enhancements to its collaborative innovation centers around the
globe, the US-based specialty polymers and services firm said
With 11 innovation centers located in seven countries and
three regions around the world, customers work side-by-side
with PolyOne technologists and designers to develop products
and solutions, PolyOne says.
says its investment to upgrade the centers will further serve
the needs of customers interested in collaborating to solve
product and performance challenges, while accelerating their
speed to market.
Recent expansions and enhancements include
the launch of a new color and additives innovation center in
Seoul, South Korea.
Elsewhere, the company doubled the size of its Shanghai
innovation center, including the addition of a training
facility, design showroom, and equipment that expands prototype
capability to textile and fiber applications.
In the US, PolyOne started up new rapid prototyping
equipment at its Avon Lake innovation center in Ohio. This new
technology provides customers with
fused deposition modeling capability, which utilizes computer
drawings to directly manufacture working prototypes,
eliminating the costly and time-consuming step of machining
molds from metal.
The new 3-D printing capability also allows for on-the-spot
experimentation with multiple base materials, PolyOne officials
And at the companys innovation center in Suwanee,
Georgia, PolyOne increased its production capacity and expanded
its capabilities by prototyping film, sheet and injection
PolyOne invests in leading technology to support our
customers, said Dr. Christopher Murphy, vice president of
research and development and chief innovation officer for
We're known for our collaborative approach to
innovation, and these latest investments are great examples of
how we're always striving to help our customers